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Counterfeiting: Not a Victimless Crime

Kristi A. Davidson

Have you ever walked down the street and done a double-take because you’ve seen your product being sold under someone else’s name? This problem is not limited to street carts or the underground network lining Canal Street in New York City. We have assisted clients stunned by “reputable” companies copying their design and distributing knock-offsMore »

Blog: Hot Housewares Previewed in NY

Blog: Hot Housewares Previewed in NY

NEW YORK-More than 40 new and established housewares vendors showed off their newest wares for the holidays at a media event hosted by the International Housewares Association here. Among the offerings: Baby Brezza spotlighted Formula Pro, an appliance that prepares formula bottles for babies. The Formula Pro measures and mixes water and powdered formula toMore »

The Beginning of a Beautiful Relationship?

The Beginning of a Beautiful Relationship?

Over the last couple of months, these columns have addressed the dos and don’ts of celebrity endorsements.  But what about the celebrity who doesn’t want just to endorse your brand but to create new products under the celebrity’s own brand?  While the financial details of the arrangement may be forefront on your mind, many otherMore »

Ullman’s Revenge

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The J.C. Penney watch continued last month as the retailer reported a huge loss—$348 million—for its first quarter. The nation’s most closely critiqued retail chain performed even worse than had been expected, reporting a 16 percent drop in sales compared to last year to continue its long decline in sales. Last week, the chain securedMore »

Blog: Lampert’s Threats

Blog: Lampert’s Threats

The red that showed up on Sears Holdings’ bottom line for its first quarter could wind up being more than just ink. Soon it could be blood resulting from executive heads on the chopping block. Eddie Lampert, who has combined his previous role as chairman with his new role as CEO since Lou D’Ambrosio leftMore »

Blog: A Walk in the Park

Blog: A Walk in the Park

Cathy Steel and her crew will be walking for a cause this weekend. Steel, head of the Steel Associates public relations firm, is the leader of the Gift for Life/Stationery Show team of more than 25 walkers who will participate in AIDS Walk New York this Sunday. Some of the team will be part ofMore »

Blog: HGTV Brings Home Line to Atlanta

Blog: HGTV Brings Home Line to Atlanta

The HGTV lifestyle is brought to life in its newest pop-up shop, which HFN visited last week in Phipps Plaza, an upscale mall in Atlanta. There, through June 4, HGTV loyalists can see products from all of its home licenses—including furniture from Bassett, area rugs from Shaw and lighting from ELK, among other categories—set upMore »

Blog: No Plugs Needed for These Portable Lamps

Blog: No Plugs Needed for These Portable Lamps

Only the need for light—not an outlet—is required for the new Modern Lantern cordless lamps from husband and wife team Stephen and Carrie Fitzwater. Instead of electricity, these lamps run on a rechargeable 12V Li-Ion battery, which powers an LED bulb that’s equivalent to a 35 watt incandescent bulb. But they have the look ofMore »